Support our Nation today - please donate here
News

Prince William named royal patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity

28 Feb 2023 2 minute read
Prince William and Kate

Kensington Palace has announced The Prince of Wales has been named royal patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity.

The patronage was revealed ahead of William and the Princess of Wales’s visit to the charity’s headquarters in Llanelli on Tuesday.

It is the first Welsh patronage to be announced for William since he was given the title the Prince of Wales by the King.

The Wales Air Ambulance charity, which was founded in 2001, has completed almost 45,000 missions and is on stand-by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

William was an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a helicopter pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force based at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at a rehabilitation centre in Pontyclun, near Cardiff today having travelled to Wales to help champion mental health initiatives and meet local communities.

Arriving at the centre they were greeted by Sue Gwyn, executive director, manager Grace Sansom and the Welsh Government’s minister for mental health and wellbeing Lynne Neagle.

Two-year-old Cora Phillips gave the Princess of Wales a bunch of daffodils as a St David’s Day gift in time for March 1.

The Princess of Wales receives a bouquet of flowers from Cora Phillips and her mum Michelle during a visit to Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre. Photo: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror

Visit

Cora’s mother Michelle Phillips, from Llanharan, said: “Oh my goodness, I did not expect that in a million years.”

Turning to her daughter, she said: “We just met a princess.

“We’re never going to forget that.”

During the visit William was asked several times about the rugby union match they attended on Saturday.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were in the stands for England’s victory over Wales in the Six Nations at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

William is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, while Kate is patron of the Rugby Football Union – having taken over the role from the Duke of Sussex a year ago.

Asked if he enjoyed the game, the Prince of Wales joked: “Not really.”

He later told volunteers: “I’ve had non-stop grief about it all weekend.”


Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Richard 1
Richard 1
11 months ago

I’ll cancel my standing order in protest

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
11 months ago

Remember when he was living in Wales (at great subsidy to us) and he was working for the air ambulance? Well the lazy, entitled, inbred pig was only doing about 40 days a year while he was costing North Wales police a million per year to protect. He cost us money and barely worked and then they pretended it would benefit North Wales which it didn’t one bit.The prince of pegging is not fit for purpose.

WilliamsG
WilliamsG
11 months ago

Another totally irrelevant act by a totally irrelevant English royal family. Shame of it that they had to bestow this ‘honour’ on the Welsh Air Ambulance service who do so much good

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
11 months ago

Why do we throw entitlements onto a person who’s title was set up to ridicule us and replace our Prince of Wales with an English one? It may be hundreds of years ago but the revalance is still the same. We are fools to ourselves to ignore it. Time to move on and abolish this person not promote it. If we are to become a successful independent country – we must stop with this Stockholm syndrome behaviour.

Riki
Riki
11 months ago

This makes me feel sick, This country is truly pathetic. Name another that would not only accept this, but promote a foreign ruler? No self respecting nation and people would. Any wonder Ireland gets respect and we don’t? Any wonder why William Wallace was just used by NATO to highlight Ukraine plight, yet Owain Glyndwr wasn’t?

Gareth Westacott
Gareth Westacott
11 months ago

Well they’ll get no money from me! They can go cap in hand to their rich English aristocrat friends.

R W
R W
11 months ago

Like many, I will also be cancelling my monthly donation. What a terrible mistake by the Wales Air Ambulance Service. Absolutely shocking!!

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.